Ptosis is a common condition that causes your eyelid to droop, affecting your appearance and sometimes obstructing vision. The condition is typically age-related, although younger patients can suffer from ptosis as well. To correct the appearance and position of the eyelid, our doctors lift and tighten the muscles that govern eyelid movement. If needed, we can eliminate extra skin and fat deposits at the same time. Our doctors work carefully to preserve normal eyelid movement and achieve excellent cosmetic results.
There are several different types of eyelid malposition. These include entropion (inward turning eyelids), ectropion (outward turning eyelids), dermatochalasis (hooded eyelids), and eyelid retraction. These conditions can affect your appearance, cause eye irritation, and increase your risk of infection. Treatment is similar to treatment for ptosis. Your doctor will create a tiny incision, allowing him to tighten the eyelid muscles and remove excess skin.
Thyroid eye disease occurs when your immune system begins attacking the tissues around your eyes. Symptoms of thyroid eye disease often include bulging eyes and restricted eye movement. With orbital decompression surgery, your doctor can remove a small amount of the bone surrounding your eye, allowing the eye to return to a comfortable and normal-looking position in the socket.
If you have noticeable scarring on your face or eyelids following the removal of cancer or moles, our doctors can reduce this scarring by using skin grafting and flap techniques to artfully reposition the skin. By using your own tissues to reduce the appearance of scars, your doctor can achieve effective and attractive results. In addition, these methods can be successful in difficult or delicate facial areas, such as your lips, ears, and nose.
Your orbital bones surround and protect your eye. When these bones fracture, often because of a fall or heavy blow, they can sometimes heal on their own. However, if the break is severe, it can cause pain, reduced eye movement, and even impaired brain function. If you have a severe orbital fracture, our surgeons can perform reconstructive surgery in stages or all at once, depending upon your needs.
If you suffer from excess tearing, you may have a blocked tear duct. Surgery is often the most effective treatment for this condition. Your doctor will create a small incision just above or inside your nose and place a stent to create a new tear duct. This treatment has a high rate of success and can provide lifelong results.
If you have suffered a serious eye injury, an ocular tumor, or a blind eye that is causing pain, you may require enucleation. Our compassionate surgeons understand the gravity of this procedure. They will answer your questions and provide completely personalized treatment. After removing the eye, they will place an implant inside the cavity. When your healing is complete, an ocularist can place an orbital prosthetic. Enucleation leaves the eye muscles intact so that an artificial eye can retain some natural movement.
BOTOX® Medical may bring relief from chronic eyelid twitching and other facial spasms. The small amount of botulinum toxin contained in BOTOX® Medical blocks nerve impulses that cause spasms. Drs. Heringer and McLeish will provide a detailed exam to determine the right muscles to target. BOTOX® Medical results can last up to three months, and it is safe to receive routine injections.